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$6 - $58
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European, Eastern European, Romanian, Central European
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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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All reviews lamb shank fish eggs polenta bread soup close to downtown parliament building delicious dishes traditional romanian food nice design amazing place old town desert chef slum sorin cu
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Reviewed August 31, 2021 via mobile

Food was ok but the way the waitresses treated me was very rude and unprofessional.. I am a flight attendant, I travel anywhere in the world and I am used to eat by myself and this is the first bad review that I write cause...I am shocked by the way they were talking to me. wouldn’t recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 29, 2021

We went for a family dinner Sunday evening, following the suggestion of friends and the good reviews. The food was more than meeting the expectations, and so is the place, great choice indeed. We loved the fried zucchini for starters, the liver medallions and the...veal with polenta, outstanding. So we were that much more surprised to find a cold on the verge of unfriendly type of staff, leaving us with the feeling that we somehow bothered them with our visit.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

Very nice location friendly staff good services and not in the end very good food ! Short wine list and short menu which is good ! So overall ok ! Try it !

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed January 12, 2021 via mobile

One of the best food I tried in Bucharest, nice platings and good value for the money. The service was ok, not the best. Nice design but not realy my type, however a place that deserve more then a visit.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 10, 2020 via mobile

One our first day in Bucharest as we wandered out of the touristy old town and past the parliament building we found ourselves in a local area. This restaurant seemed to have locals enjoying lunch. They have an outdoor area too. We gave it a...try and were happy.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

This was our first dinner in Bucharest and set the standard very high. From the moment we walked through the door the service was excellent, the staff were so friendly and really took their time to explain each dish and recommended Romanian dishes. The food...was outstanding. I had the rabbit and olive pie and my partner had the lamb shank. Both were delicious. Lovely local wine also. About a 20 minute walk from the Old Town in a more residential area. Seems like a restaurant the locals go to which is also a good sign! Well worth the walk/uber to get there. Would definitely recommend this place. I can only assume it is not rated higher because its off the beaten track!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 26, 2020

The place overall is really nice. Food is delicious and the place has a good vibe. As a romanian,is not a place I would visit very often, as thr price for some dishes are exagerated, e.g.zacusca or slana afumata. But visiting Bucharest as a foreigner,...its a must!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 14, 2020

I selected Mahala after reading reviews of the top restaurants in Bucharest. First, the name translate to slum. I was interested in seeing/tasting what was described as upscale traditional Romanian food. We started out with three standard dishes, Fasole Batuta (White Bean Dip), Zacusta (Eggplant...spread) and Salata de Icre de Crap (Carp egg salad). To be honest, all three were good, but I have had better. My entree was Obraz de Vitel cu Trufe (Veal Cheeks in Truffle sauce) and my wife's have Calcan Usturoi Trufe (Turbo in Garlic and Truffle sauce). My dish was extremely tender and the sauce was tasty, but the small portion was emphasised by the huge plate it was served on. The fish was very tasty and the sauce was very fluffy and very good. For desert we had Galuste cu prune (Plum Dumplings) and Coliva (Funeral Cake). Both were good, but my wife thought the chef used dried plums instead of fresh ones. The restaurant itself was decorated very interestingly. The rooms, in this old building, were very tall, at least 2.5 meters high. The walls were painted with murals that seem to depict rural traditions. Each room was decorated differently. My opinion is that the location is not great, the food is OK and the service was very good. I wouldn't list this as a top ten restaurant, maybe closer to 20.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020 via mobile

Very crowded in a sunday afternoon. Rooster soup was good. Fish eggs with toast bread were ok but nothing special. Fried pork meat(pomana porcului) with polenta and garlic sauce was good. Beef cheeks were ok but the polenta and the sauce were very bitter, because...of too many truffles. Lava cake with icecream was just ok. Serving was attentive and polite. Parking places aren't very hard to find usually but this time it took a while. Food presentation ok. Menu contains not many options but they have extra preparates for week-end. Prices are above average because the restaurant is near romanian Parliament.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020

It was very nice, good food, not wow, but very slow service! Good dessert and coffee. Worth a visit !

Date of visit: January 2020
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Mahala is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4